Video games are our favorite topic at Pixelkin, but we like board games, too. A thread at BoardGameGeek.com investigates how to play board games with teenagers, and what kind of board games appeal to the teen crowd.

Some advice from experienced parents:

  • Teens are sensitive to unfair rules.
  • Let them select the game.
  • Have them invite their friends over to play with your family.
  • Don’t go easy on them. They’re old enough to see through it, and it’ll feel patronizing. (My extra advice: It’s okay to help them out when they’re struggling, though!)
  • Buy pizza on game night. Everybody loves pizza.

Finally, it seems that the golden rule in board gaming with teens is this:

  • Theme is more important than game mechanics.

In other words, go for the war games. Go for the manga characters. Go for fairy princess dreamtown if that’s what your 16-year-old son likes. They’ll be much more invested if it’s a theme they’re already interested in.

(Source: Board Game Geek)

Keezy Young

Keezy Young

Keezy is a gamer, illustrator, and designer. Her background is in teaching and tutoring kids from ages 9 to 19, and she's led workshops for young women in STEM. She is also holds a certificate in teaching English. Her first memory of gaming is when her dad taught her to play the first Warcraft when she was five. You can find her at Key of Zee and on Twitter @KeezyBees.